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Travel Vaccinations for Lesotho

Vaccines To Consider When Visiting Lesotho

A consultation will be completed with one of our specialist travel health nurses to assess your individual travel plans and health background before making recommendations, which can then be administered during the same appointment.

Hepatitis A - Adult
From £93
Hepatitis B (call to reserve)
From £57
Cholera (oral)
From £40
Typhoid
From £60
Rabies
From £75
Tetanus, Diphtheria & Polio
From £50
There is a risk of Malaria in Lesotho. London Travel Clinic offers a range of antimalarials to keep you protected

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Destination Information for Lesotho

Hidden away in Southern Africa, the Kingdom of Letho is a mountainous country. It is also known as the ‘Kingdom of the Sky’ and the ‘Switzerland of Africa.’ These names are thanks to the dramatic scenery of the Maloti Mountains. The rugged landscape and remote location of Letho means that most of the country can only be reached on foot, on horseback, or by light aircraft. Letho has the highest low point of any country in the world, and is the only country in the world to be entirely above 1,000m in altitude.

The capital of Lesotho is Maseru, on the north-west border with South Africa. Here there are some western-style shops, where you can stock up on supplies before venturing into the more remote areas of the country. To the north is the town of Hlotse or Leribe, another good stocking up point and home to many regional markets filled with fabulous craft stalls.

While the geographical features of Letho make it difficult to reach, they also make for a top adventure destination. Visitors here can try their hand at rock climbing, pony trekking, abseiling, hiking, mountain biking and skiing. Hiking fans should make a point of visiting the Bokong Nature Reserve, where in winter the Lepaquoa waterfall freezes into a solid column! The remote Sehlabathebe National Park is another mountainous reserve great for wildlife spotting, waterfalls and ancient rock paintings.

Infections and Outbreaks frequently change from country to country and by attending our clinics you will be given the most up to date clinical and safety advice from our team of specialists. Our advice to you often includes aspects such as:

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Non Vaccinated Diseases

Rift Valley fever

Rift Valley fever (RVF) is an acute, fever-causing viral disease that usually affects domesticated animals (such as cattle and sheep), but can also infect and cause illness in humans. The majority of human infections are caused by direct or indirect contact with the blood or organs of infected animals.

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is primarily spread to humans either by infected ticks or animal blood. Human-to-human transmission can also occur resulting from close contact with the blood, organs or other bodily fluids of an infected person.

West Nile virus

West Nile virus (WNV) is spread by mosquitoes in many countries. There are usually no symptoms, although some people develop mild flu-like symptoms, nausea and skin rash. The virus is not contagious and should get better without any treatment.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25
Natural Mosquito Repellent - 100ml
£7.75

African tick bite fever

Bacterial infection from bite from infected ticks. Most common between April-November and in rural, camping and hiking areas. Causes redness around site of bite and symptoms usually within 2 weeks, such as fever, muscle pain, headache and rash.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50

Chikungunya

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes and it causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Joint pain is often debilitating and can vary in duration. The disease shares some clinical signs with Dengue, and can be misdiagnosed in areas where Dengue is common. There is no cure for the disease. Treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems Bed Bug Barrier Bedsheet
£12.99
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Trypanosomiasis

Human African trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness, is a parasitic disease transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tsetse fly, which is only found in rural Africa. Initial symptoms include severe headache, insomnia, enlarged lymph nodes, anaemia and rash.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25
Natural Mosquito Repellent - 100ml
£7.75

Additional Health Risks Information for Lesotho

Lesotho is generally considered a safe country to visit, and most trips here are trouble-free. Petty crime can occur in the capital Maseru, and tourists are most likely to be targeted by muggers or carjackers. Take particular care in the city, especially during peak holiday season. Use pre-booked taxis whenever you can, as there is no public transport available, and walking after dark is not advisable. If you are driving or hiring a car, keep doors locked and windows closed. The roads are not well-maintained and are often poorly lit. Be aware of animals on the road in rural areas.

Medical facilities in Lesotho are basic. If you require anything other than routine treatment, or are seriously ill or injured you may need medical evacuation, so ensure that your travel insurance will cover this, and that you have access to funds to cover initial costs. Bloemfontein, South Africa, is about 90 minutes by car from Maseru, and this is where expats usually go for medical care.  A Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged over 9 months arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. Malaria is not normally present.

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